Leather uppers can have a rough break-in period, but not these. Both male and female testers loved the Renegade’s textured, full-grain leather, which felt comfortable right out of the box and just got better with each mile (like a baseball glove). Women in particular loved the foot-hugging shape.
A PU midsole wraps around the heel, adding support and making these boots stable enough for carrying a weekend pack on rough trails. The wrap also creates a deep, secure heel cup that kept our heels locked in place.
The Vibram outsole surprised our testers. “The gummy rubber is wicked grippy on steep rock, even in the rain,” says a New York tester after running to escape a downpour on Hurricane Mountain in the Adirondacks. The tackiness is a side effect of the light-colored outsole rubber: A lack of carbon makes it softer and stickier, and also gives it a see-through appearance.